Alright, I missed most of the game. I got to watch the Bulls be utterly dominated in the first quarter, bits of the second quarter, and double over time, thus, we're a bit light when it comes to meaningful post game commentary.
What I can say is this, Phoenix Bulls fans are representing. The "Let's go Bulls" chant in 2 OT was pretty awesome, and louder than the chants at the UC. Pretty incredible for a road game.
With the victory, the Bulls improve to 3-2 on the road trip. With two games left to play, the Bulls are only one win away from their first winning record on the circus trip since the Jordan era. Their previous best was a 3-3 record in 2005.
Quick thoughts from the limited action I saw:
Joakim Noah came up with huge plays in the clutch. To finish off the first OT, the Bulls were down by two, and Joakim Noah was the playmaker. He found Derrick Rose on a backdoor cut for the tying basket with .1 seconds left. In the second OT, he had a
great steal on Nash after a Bulls, then two plays
later he stripped the ball from Nash again to seal the victory.
Derrick Rose comes through in the clutch. He started out slow,
but he hit the layup to tie the game again at the end of OT, and led the Bulls offense down the stretch.
James Johnson came in and helped change the momentum of the game. I wonder if Johnson is going to pull a Jannero Pargo type of role for this team. He comes in once every five games and has a big positive impact, and then the coach trusts him for the next four games causing us to be killed with him on the court.
Still, it's great to see JJ take advantage of the chances he gets, but even though he played well I'm not ready to put him back in the regular rotation unless Gibson is out.
Kyle Korver gave us what we needed. This was the type of game that Korver is going to excel in. Phoenix isn't a particularly good defensive team, and Korver thrives against bad defense. Korver's offense was huge in getting the Bulls going again.
I love this team. My favorite non-Jordan Bulls squad was the 04/05 squad when Noc, Deng, Gordon, and Duhon were rookies, and that team just came out of no where to win 47 games. They fought so hard, never gave up, and won so many awesome games.
This team has that same feel. Granted, we expect them to be good, but they are good. Not only are they good, but they're entertaining to watch. Derrick Rose amazes you with his skills, Joakim Noah wows you with his effort. Everyone is so likable, you always feel they have a chance.
You can tell the team is young when the primary players are playing 50 minutes after a back to back where they just played 40 minutes.